US Foreign and National Security Policy (USSC6903)


This unit will examine US foreign and security policy formulation and implementation throughout the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. It will consider US military policy, foreign economic policy, foreign energy and resource policy, policy on human rights and democracy overseas, and US responses to the proliferation of WMD and trans-national terrorism. The unit will conclude by examining US foreign and defence policy in the aftermath of 9/11, the Iraq War, and other contemporary security challenges facing the US.

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1x2-hr class/week


class participation (10%), 1x3000wd essay (45%) and 1x2hr exam (45%)

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